Food Waste Now Accepted at New Hanover County’s HazWagon

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Food Waste Now Accepted at New Hanover County’s HazWagon Featured

By / Local News / Tuesday, 14 August 2018 14:36

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

NEW HANOVER CTY - New Hanover County's HazWagon now accepts food waste in addition to other hazardous household waste such as electronics.

Earlier this month New Hanover County Environmental Management announced the addition of accepting food waste from area residents as part of their composting operation.

The new service began August 6th. According to a release issued earlier this month, "Residents can bring unpackaged food waste in reusable containers to the county’s HazWagon. The food waste will be transported to the New Hanover County landfill for composting. New Hanover County’s HazWagon is a mobile collection service where residents can bring household hazardous waste, electronics, and now food waste, free of charge."

The HazWagon operates from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. out of Ogden Park on Mondays, Wrightsville Beach’s municipal complex on Wednesdays, and Mike Chappell Park in Carolina Beach on Fridays.

“We believe that leveraging the HazWagon’s popularity and convenience will be a great way to increase the amount of food waste that we divert away from landfill disposal,” said Environmental Management Director Joe Suleyman.

Residents are encouraged to de-package food waste ahead of time and bring it in a reusable container, because non-compostable packaging materials cannot be accepted. If food waste is brought in non-compostable packaging, residents will need to recycle or dispose of their packaging materials on their own. If food waste is brought in a reusable container, residents can dump the contents and take back the container for reuse.

Residents can bring items to the following locations each week:
• Mondays at the Ogden Park ball fields, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
• Wednesdays at Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
• Fridays at the Carolina Beach Mike Chappell Park (in the south side of the park across from the tennis courts), from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (this is a temporary location and the final location in Carolina Beach is to be determined)

“The HazWagon was created in response to feedback from citizens who wanted a more convenient way to dispose of household hazardous waste,” said Environmental Management Director Joe Suleyman. “This waste can be harmful to our health and to the environment if it is absorbed into the ground or into our water supply. The HazWagon will make it easier for residents to do their part and divert these contaminants from the landfill.”

In addition to the HazWagon, residents can bring household hazardous waste to the permanent facility located at 3002 US Highway 421 North, Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m.-noon.

All collected materials are recycled, repurposed, neutralized, used for alternative power generation, or disposed of in accordance with state and federal law. Due to space limitations, no more than 10 gallons of liquid waste and no more than two TVs can be brought to the HazWagon at a time.

One gallon of motor oil can contaminate 1,000,000 gallons of fresh water.

Screens on older television sets can contain up to 10 pounds of lead.

All materials brought to the Household Hazardous Waste permanent facility and HazWagon are either recycled, repurposed, neutralized, used for alternative power generation, or disposed of in accordance with state and federal law.
Materials Accepted:
• Acids (bowl cleaners, driveway cleaners, etc.)
• Aerosols, Antifreeze
• Ballasts, Batteries – including alkaline, zinc-carbon, zinc-air, lithium, sealed lead-acid, and any type of rechargeable battery (NiMH, Ni-Cad, Li-Ion, etc.)
• Caustics (drain cleaners, lye, borax), CDs, DVDs, and VHS tapes. Cell phones (including chargers, batteries, and ear buds)
• Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL), Tubes and Bulbs from residential properties only (Maximum 8′ length on CFL tubes)
• Cooking Oil
• Electronics. They will accept a maximum of ten (10) large electronic items (television sets, monitors, or CPUs) per week, per customer.  They do NOT accept “stripped” televisions or computers.  If you live within the city limits of Wilmington, you have the option to call 341-7875 to schedule a curbside pickup of your unwanted electronics.
• Hoverboards: Residents wishing to turn in self-balancing, two-wheel scooters (a.k.a. “hoverboards”) due to product recalls are encouraged to bring the devices to the Environmental Management administrative office at 3002 U.S. Highway 421 North during normal business hours, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. A receipt for the device, indicating that it was delivered to a recycling facility, will be prepared and presented to the customer to support reimbursement claims.
• Fertilizers – solid or liquid
• Flares, road (No projectile/launched flares such as marine flares), Fuels, Gel Fuels (like Sterno)
• Helium Tanks (small disposable types only)
• Herbicides / Fungicides (weed killer, ground clear)
• Household Cleaners (bleach, ammonia, tile/grout cleaners, glass cleaner, disinfectants, all-purpose cleaners, etc.)
• Mercury Thermostats and Thermometers
• Motor Oil and Oil Filters
• Paint – latex and oil-based (solidified paint can be disposed of in the trash and will not be accepted)
• Pesticides – solid or liquid, Propane Tanks (20-lb. only), Sharps (needles)
• Smoke Detectors
• Solvents (degreasers, parts cleaners, paint thinners)
• Stains, varnishes, and sealers

If you need your fuel container back, don’t worry – they will  empty the container and have it back to you in a few minutes during your visit.
They will not accept "white goods" such as refrigerators, washing machines, freezers, etc. Those should be taken to the New Hanover County Landfill for recycling.
Materials Not Accepted:
• Asbestos-containing materials
• Explosives & Ammunition
• Prescription Medications
• Small Propane Tanks (camp stove size)
• Regulated Medical Waste

New Hanover County recently opened their composting program to the public for disposal of food waste.

According to the County, "New Hanover County’s Food Waste Composting Program is now fully operational and open to the public, after over a year of pilot testing the composting system. This new program diverts food waste from the landfill and makes a meaningful step towards reducing the amount of waste the county generates."

There is no charge for the service and anyone in New Hanover County can bring unpackaged food waste to the composter including businesses such as restaurants.

“If you ever throw out leftovers, stale bread, or rotten fruit – this program is for you,” said the county’s Environmental Management Director Joe Suleyman. “In New Hanover County, more than 50% of the waste delivered to our landfill is food waste or other material that can be easily composted,” says Suleyman. “The county’s recycling programs and operations are diverting nearly everything we can from the landfill, except for food. So this program is a new and important way that residents can help save landfill space and reduce the county’s environmental impact.”

For more info, call 910-798-4400.

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